Friday, 3 April 2015

Moore, Gaiman And Anderson

Copied from Poul Anderson Appreciation:

The previous post paralleled four writers of prose sf. The present post adds a parallel to a writer of graphic fiction. In Superman: Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow (New York, 1997) by Alan Moore, the AI Brainiac speaks thought the controlled body of Lex Luthor but Luthor momentarily breaks through:

"KILL ME." (p. 33)

Lana Lang breaks Luthor's neck but Brainiac keeps moving the dead body...

This scene is remarkably similar to the passages quoted from Lewis and Stirling. These comparisons have carried us some distance away from our main subject, Poul Anderson. However, all such fictions are connected and we have now come full circle because it was Alan Moore that taught Neil Gaiman how to write a comic script and this blog has previously found several parallels between Anderson and Gaiman.

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